Michy Batshuayi is among those mentioned, with 90min reporting that the Toffees have held talks with the west London club about Michy Batshuayi, among others, adding that the Belgian could even be offered to the Merseysiders on a free transfer.
“To add, I’m told #CFC would drop their Gilmour price & allow #EFC to sign Batshuayi on a free if they can get Gordon done. Batshuayi has an agreement w/ Wolves but it’s on hold due to EFC interest.”
Frank Lampard is still desperate for a striker to come in after the devastating injury to the talismanic Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and given that an Everton player is yet to actually score this season, it is something which needs fixing immediately.
Batshuayi would likely provide a solid temporary solution. He is a proven goalscorer, having bagged 136 times over 387 senior club career appearances. As recently as last season, he reinforced his tally with a respectable 14-goal haul whilst on loan at Besiktas.
Having already featured 77 times in the Premier League, he knows the division well and would not need time to acclimate. This is essential for an Everton team which has started the season with two defeats and are in need of a win at home to Nottingham Forest next weekend.
Even with his goal record in England not being sensational, with just 15 in the top flight, it is surely good enough for a cash-strapped Lampard who needs a striker now.
He has proven with some loan spells that there is a talented player in him, with his performances at Borussia Dortmund – where he scored nine times in just 14 games – leading to him being dubbed “the perfect striker”.
In Everton’s hour of need, they could call upon the Belgian to come in and fill the vacancy up front. Given the reliance on Calvert-Lewin for goals following Richarlison’s summer move to Tottenham (nobody else managed more than five league goals for the club last term), Lampard desperately needs a proven finisher like Batshuayi to address this glaring worry.